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Posted at 10:44 AM ET, 02/ 8/2011

Processing plant in Cheverly evacuated

By Allison Klein

About 100 employees were evacuated from the Smithfield Packaging Co. in Cheverly early Tuesday because of an ammonia leak, fire officials said.

The refrigeration system in the food-packaging company started leaking about 12:15 a.m., releasing an irritant into the air. It took fire officials about four hours to get the leak under control, said Mark Brady, a spokesman for the Prince George's County Fire/EMS Department.

Read more about the evacuation on The Post's Crime Scene blog.

By Allison Klein  | February 8, 2011; 10:44 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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